HC Deb 13 May 1957 vol 570 c6
10. Mr. Swingler

asked the Paymaster-General what progress has been made towards the establishment of a comprehensive industrial health service in the gas industry; and what central machinery exists to co-ordinate the work of the area medical officers.

The Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Power (Mr. David Renton)

Each gas board has established a service for its area in fulfilment of its statutory duty to safeguard the health of its employees, and I understand that medical officers from the boards meet at the Gas Council from time to time to discuss matters of common interest.

Mr. Swingler

Does that Answer mean that all the gas boards now have some full-time medical service and that there exists some central machinery for co-ordinating the work?

Mr. Renton

All the gas hoards except two have full-time medical officers, and the two boards that have not full-time medical officers employ consultants and part-time practitioners locally; but the Gas Council is satisfied that the arrangements are working well.